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DACB Reconnect Returner Programme


Location: UK: Bristol, Winchester, London, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester

Opportunity: 6-month returnship

Start Date: Ongoing

Apply by: ASAP

DAC Beachcroft is delighted to welcome applications to join their award-winning returners programme, Reconnect. Launched in October 2020, this programme is open to qualified legal professionals considering a return to private practice following an extended career break of 18 months or more.

They are offering successful candidates a route back into the profession with a 6-month returnship across a large number of their teams You will have the opportunity to get to know the role and gain experience in your new position.  There are opportunities following the returnship programme for roles to become permanent.

Their Reconnect Programme won The Most Innovative HR Initiative Award 2021 at People in Law Awards. Find out more here.

During your returnship you will be supported by a buddy, Women Returners coaching programme and you are introduced to previous members of the programme who have gone on to become permanent colleagues at DAC Beachcroft, ensuring you have all the support you need to get to know your role and gain the best experience in your new position.

About DAC Beachcroft

DAC Beachcroft is a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance, health and real estate.  Its services span everything from insurance and commercial litigation, through to corporate and commercial transactions, including advice on employment law and governance, risk and regulatory.

What is it like to work at DAC Beachcroft?

DACB has been named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2022, find out more here.

DAC Beachcroft operates with an open, friendly, supportive and welcoming culture alongside a flexible approach to location based working. The firm helps colleagues be their best at work, while recognising that they have a variety of different interests and commitments outside work.

Colleagues at DACB are given flexibility in how they manage their working time and location through their successful Flex Forward initiative. Under Flex Forward, where you work is agreed between you and your line manager and is driven by the nature of your role.  In addition, colleagues are given the ability to ‘glide’ their time across their week enabling colleagues to flex their hours, for example to go to the gym or walk the dog.  This approach enables colleagues to create A Life That Works for them, as well as supporting their clients.

DAC Beachcroft is committed to attracting, retaining and developing people from diverse backgrounds, with a range of life experiences and perspectives.  It is committed to welcoming and encouraging all colleagues, so that everyone has the same opportunity to get involved, to make a difference and to progress. Find out more here.

What are they looking for?

As a qualified legal professional, you will have the fundamental skills, knowledge and experience DAC Beachcroft is looking for to be successful.  These include:

  • Showing sound judgement in decision making, focused on client and case needs.
  • Working with appropriate levels of supervision.
  • Developing a high-quality level of technical expertise.
  • Demonstrating proactive financial management in relation to billing, credit control and client service level agreements.
  • Able to deal confidently and professionally with clients on day-to-day issues.
  • Demonstrating commercial judgement.
  • Team oriented and collegiate with a willingness to work as part of a team on larger matters and to assist with development of business.

Applying to the Reconnect: A life that works as you return to law

DACB welcome applications for all their open vacancies, and there are two pathways to apply:

  • (1) If you see a role of interest, please apply to the vacancy directly stating in your application that you are a Reconnect returner.
  • (2) If you don’t see a vacancy in your preferred area of law, DACB would still encourage you to apply as new opportunities come up regularly.

During the application process you will be asked to submit a CV, if DACB feel they will be able to support your return they will be in touch to invite you to the next stage in the process. If your application is unsuccessful, they will be in touch to advise of the outcome.

By applying, you are registering your interest in vacancies at DAC Beachcroft as part of the Reconnect programme.  The team review CVs on a regular basis, collaborating alongside their business leaders to match candidates with vacancies throughout the year.

Their commitment to you and your application

At DAC Beachcroft, they don’t just accept your differences they celebrate them.  From bespoke solutions for their clients, to treating you like an individual. Their strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the whole you to work. They welcome direct applications and are happy to talk flexible working.

DAC Beachcroft also want you to be at your very best.  Please feel free to let them know of any changes they can make at any point in the recruitment process that will help support your application.

How to Apply

If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV here.

Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Reconnect Team on